Week of February 10, 2002

Outdoors 101

EEK! The Environmental Education for Kids site is crawling with critter information at www.dnr.state.wi.us /org/caer/ce/eek. Learn about the environment and environmental issues of Our Earth. The EEK site is packed with Cool Stuff such as rainy day activities and opportunities for young artists and writers to shine online. The Career Zones will show you if you have what it takes to Get a Job as a park ranger or wildlife biologist. Try to unmask The Riddler if you dare. Enjoy your venture into the outdoors.

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What percentage of the Earth's water is frozen in ice caps and glaciers?



How many plants did David Douglas discover during his visit to the USA?

less than 50
about 75
more than 150


What happens when a dancer drops an eagle feather while dancing?
The dancers are instructed to choose a partner from the audience.
The ceremony is stopped and an elder is asked to pick up the feather.
A new dance begins.




The Scone Palace of Scotland

The rolling hills and bountiful parklands of Scotland await you at www.scone-palace.net. Scone Palace rests at the heart of Scotland and is rich with history, legend and hospitality. Discover the Stone of Scone, which has been used to crown Scottish monarchs for more than 1,000 years. Salmon fishing is a popular pastime at the Ultimate Shooting Estate with its flowing rivers and beautiful landscape. Also, learn about botanist David Douglas, who's famous for his extensive work with forestry.

Feel the Beat of the Drum

Southern Native American Pow Wows are rich in tradition and culture. Visit http://library.thinkquest.org/
to learn about Pow Wow Etiquette and Terminology. Pow wows showcase both men's and women's Dance Styles, and each dance requires certain clothing and movement. Drum and Songs are important parts of pow wows that create the rhythm and music for the dancers. Craft lovers can learn about lane stitch beadwork. You'll be pow wow-ed by this site.

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Dear Amy: What purpose do video game ratings serve? -- Micah, Sacramento, Calif.

Dear Micah: Video and computer game ratings are designed to give you, the consumer, info about the content of a game and for which ages it is appropriate. Game ratings range from Early Childhood (EC) to Adults Only (AO). Ratings also include content descriptors. These descriptors give a more specific idea of game content, such as 'violence' or 'animated blood.' For more information about video game ratings, visit the Entertainment Software Rating Board Web site at www.esrb.org.

Dear Amy: What are the Northern Lights? -- Patrick, Allen, Texas

Dear Patrick: The Aurora Borealis, more commonly known as the Northern Lights, are amazing flashes of light that can be seen in certain parts of the northern hemisphere. They occur when electrons accelerate into the upper atmosphere along Earth's magnetic field lines. At that point, they collide with gas atoms and emit light. Solar wind is the driving force behind these lights that stretch 60 miles above the Earth's surface. To learn more about this phenomenon, go to www.exploratorium.edu/learning_studio/ auroras.

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